Originally Posted by Aslan10 View Post
I’m not sure that is a very good analysis, considering the Catholic Churches in Europe are also empty
The Catholic Church (individual Catholics) is not exempt from the World, the Flesh and the Devil. We sometimes give good advice, sometimes not. We sometimes are saints, sometimes not. As individuals and as groups we sometimes suffer the effects of worldliness, one of which is extreme liberalness, leading to closed churches, empty religious orders, etc.
The Catholic Church (Magisterium)** is** reliable. It is not subservient to the secular culture. The validity of the Church’s counsel is not affected by what percentage of people or what percentage of Catholics follow it. The Church is always holy; that holiness is not affected by how many Catholics avail themselves of it in their lives. (What happens to individuals is very important for their own sake).
The Magisterium is like a lighthouse. It’s helpful only to those who choose to be guided by it. It’s reliability for you is not reduced if most other people are ignoring it. Actually the Magisterium is a lighthouse even for non Catholic Christians, who at least take it into account, as a “fixed position”, a way of measuring the boundaries of “orthodoxy”. It’s like a yardstick that doesn’t shrink or expand in different weather. In the near future people flock to the flexible yardsticks, that tell them exactly what they want to hear. In the long run, they abandon those flexible yardsticks as worthless.